2023: Media fairness not totally achievable – Expert

Dr Saeedat Aliyu, the Acting Director, University Relations, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, has advised journalists to exhibit high degree of fairness in the coverage of the 2023 general elections. She however noted that media fairness was not totally achievable because of obvious reasons. Aliyu gave the advice on Wednesday at the grand finale of the 2022 Press Week of the Kwara TV Chapel of the Kwara Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Ilorin. Aliyu, who spoke on the theme: “Press Freedom: A panacea for sustainable democratic process”,…

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2023: PWDs can decide who becomes Nigerian President  

The Albino Foundation on Wednesday called on politicians not to neglect Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as campaign begins because their number can make or mare election victory. The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the foundation,       Jake Epelle said this at a news conference to call for the inclusion of PWD as campaigns commence by political parties in Abuja. Epelle said that the conference was necessary to alert the nation on the issues bordering on PWDs. According to him, the exclusion of any group or persons in democratic process is…

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INEC explains why it spends so much to conduct elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday gave an insight into why much funds went into the conduct of elections. Professor Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC Chairman, gave the insight while responding to questions at an interactive session with the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) tagged ‘The Editors’ Forum’ in Lagos. According to him, cost of logistics, highly-secured ballot papers, allowances for personnel, among other reasons, are responsible for the huge funds used in conducting elections in Nigeria. “In France, the ballot paper is like an A4 sheet of paper,…

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Partisan Politics: NLC faults Head of Service, urges her to withdraw circular

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has called on the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation (OHSF) to withdraw the circular that `claims’ to prohibit civil and public servants from engaging in partisan politics. The NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said on Monday in Abuja. Wabba was reacting to a circular issued by the OHSF entitled, “Re- Clarification on the Provision of Public Service Rules (PSR) vis-a-vis the Supreme Court Judgment as it relates to Participation of Civil Servants in partisan Politics”. The NLC president described it as “ill-conceived…

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“Grant full financial waivers for women contesting for positions”, Amaechi urges political parties

Political parties have been urged to grant full financial waivers to women contesting for political positions in 2023. The wife of the Minister for Transportation, Judith Amaechi, who made the appeal yesterday, identified finance as a major challenge facing the participation of women in Nigerian politics. According to a statement issued by her media aide, Dike Bekwele, the former First Lady of Rivers State, spoke at a two-day APC Progressives Women Conference, which was held on Tuesday, in Abuja. She called on political parties to, as a matter of policy,…

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‘Nigeria plagued by leaders greedy for power, money’ – Attahiru Jega

Professor of political science at Bayero University, Attahiru Jega, said Nigeria’s development has been truncated because it has the misfortune of having leaders who are greedy for power and money. Jega, who was chairman of INEC between 2010 and 2015, said this in Lagos at the weekend during the first memorial workshop in honour of the first Civilian Governor of Lagos, Alhaji Lateef Jakande. The workshop, which featured Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra and Pastor Poju Oyemade, as co-chairmen, was organised by Federal Social Democrats, (FSD). It has the…

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NSCDC deploys 7,079 personnel, 60 dogs for Ondo governorship election

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) says it has deployed no fewer than 7,079 personnel and 60 sniffer dogs to provide adequate security for the  Oct. 10 Ondo State governorship election. Mr Hillary Madu, Deputy Commander-General(DCG) in charge of Operations  disclosed this known while speaking with newsmen on Friday in Akure. Madu, who explained that the personnel were drawn from seven commands in the country said that four Assistant Commander-Generals (ACG) and seven Commandants were also deployed. He explained that the deployment was part of the plans of the…

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